February 9, 2015

200 Years of Pottery in Louisville

Last week I introduced you to Hadley pottery, and today I want to introduce you to Louisville Stoneware. 

If you love dishes as I do...you will enjoy seeing the many patterns that are offered...Plus, there are tours and the opportunity to design your own piece of pottery. 

Here are just a few pics and tidbits of information. If this spurs your interest please visit the website. Prepare to love what they show!

Also, Louisville Stoneware is celebrating its 200th birthday in 2015! 

Louisville Stoneware is part of the history of Louisville, as well as the westward expansion into the "new" west. Kentucky, since the 1600s or before, was known as "the west." Maybe even the Wild West!  There were always folks who kept moving westward for land and better opportunities. Since Louisville is a river town it saw much traffic on the Ohio River as people and goods traveled through the city. One of those people was a young potter.

"In 1815 a young potter by the name of Jacob Lewis established the Lewis Pottery not far from the river edge on Billy Goat Strut Alley, got it name from an entertaining pastime of betting on the billy goat races.  Jacob Lewis was about to experience a perfect storm as millions of immigrants collided at the Falls of the Ohio. Lewis was there to supply what was the main storage or the “Tupperware” of its day. Travelers heading west would stock up on supplies and the only storage containers that would protect their precious cargo of sugar, flour or whiskey would be made of Stoneware. Large 30 gallons crocks would be filled with grain and sealed with a wooden top and beeswax to keep the rats from damaging their goods. Lewis also produced every day necessities such as butter churns, bowls and plates that were less expensive than the pewter plates of the day." http://www.louisvillestoneware.com/history/

There are several available patterns. Here are a few below.

16" Round Platter in Fern


9" Thin Plate in Brooke

"Stoneware is a type of pottery fired to a high temperature (about 1,200°C to 1,315°C). While it originated in the Rhineland area of Germany around the 1400s, it became the dominant house-ware of the United States circa 1780-1890. Americans began producing Salt-Glazed Stoneware about 1720 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Yorktown, Virginia. There the Crolius and Remmey families (two of the most important families in the history of American pottery production) would, by the turn of the 19th century, set the standard for expertly crafted and aesthetically pleasing American Stoneware.By the 1770s, the art of salt-glazed stoneware production had spread throughout the United States. American Stoneware pottery was usually covered in a salt-glaze and often decorated using cobalt oxide to produce bright blue decorations.While other types of Stoneware were concurrently produced in America – such as ironstone, yellowware and various types of china – in common usage of the term, “American Stoneware” refers to this specific type of pottery." http://www.louisvillestoneware.com/history

Today, Louisville Stoneware makes many different types products, and will customize plates and platters for special occasions. I encourage you to visit their website to see what might interest you. 
Louisville Stoneware (new website link)

Small Cake Stand in Bell Black
Large Cakestand.
A Derby Cup makes a great hostess gift.

"We are at the Louisville Stoneware Art Factory. And we are here today because they asked what things in Louisville I loved and I instantly thought of Louisville Stoneware. Growing up all of our casserole dishes were Louisville Stoneware. I have a casserole dish that my cousin gave to me, and it was given to her by her mother and it was given to her by her mother. So, it’s my favorite casserole dish."
– Damaris Phillips, Louisville native, winner of Food Network Star Season 9 and host of Southern at Heart
The Mercantile Collection of dishes is a newer line.
My personal favorite...bakeware!

A boot vase seems appropriate for "Derby City."


I am not affiliated with Louisville Stoneware, but I sure do love their dishes and pottery. 

Louisville Stoneware (new website link)

If you would like to read more  history of the company please click here:

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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